4 Contracts holding the Phillies back this offseason

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Didi Gregorius’ contract is holding the Phillies back

Didi Gregorius is going to cost the Phillies a lot of money no matter how this offseason plays out.

He put up some of the worst numbers of his career in an injury-laden season that he blamed on the COVID vaccine he received earlier this year.

At the end of the regular season, Phillies President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski essentially told the world that Gregorius’ position at shortstop is up for grabs, and even used the phrase “if he comes back” when talking about Gregorius’ future with the team.

This is a heavy statement, considering Gregorius is under contract for 2022 and owed $14M.

Will Didi Gregorius be the Phillies’ shortstop in 2022?

The Phillies could release him, but they’d have to pay him. They could find a trade partner for him, but whoever takes him would probably want a prospect and for the Phillies to eat some of that $14M.

And if they do decide to part ways with Gregorius, they will need to sign someone to replace him, which will cost them more money.

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